By Matt Himmelstein
No, not all my watches are aviation related, but I do really like the style. As a plus, I was doing a bit of travelling back then and really appreciated the utility o the GMT complication. There are three dial colors, blue, black and orange, two case options, PVD or brushed stainless, and two strap options, brown and black. Not every combination is available, and the black dial/PVD case is sold out, but there are six other options so you should be able to find something to your liking.
Before I get into the specifics on the watch, let me tell you about customer service. The watch is coming out of China, so any communication with the factory is going to have an automatic time delay and language barrier. It is not horrible, but it is not like strolling over to the mall for service. After I had owned my watch for a while, I took an unplanned dip in the ocean when my sailing dinghy turned turtle. The watch is rated for 100m, and the case has a screw down crown, but I still got a little water in the watch. It ran, but the case was fogged and the salt water was eventually going to ruin the movement, so I wanted it repaired
After some back and forth with the factory, they agreed to try and repair the unit under warranty after I shipped it back to them. Well, repair is a loose term in this case. I don’t think they actually have any repair facilities. I believe that they made a run of watches and sell off the stock. They had no repair capacity to take my watch apart, clean it, swap out a new movement, and send it back to me. Instead, they offered a replacement, which is fine for me. Unfortunately, they were out of the black/PVD option, so I now own the watch with a blue dial and PVD case (which came on the black strap). A nice looking arrangement, but not the same one I originally wanted. They did ship the damaged watch back, so I may see if I can get a local watch repair to swap movements for me, or get a replacement movement for the damaged original. For the time being (and it has been a while, I wear the replacement watch).
Small print aside for the sub markings, the watch is very readable. Counterbalancing the outer, beveled ring are generously sized hour numbers, with 3, 6 and 9 oversized, an aviation style mark at 12:00, well sized sword hands, an orange hand for GMT, and a black second hand. Of course, with nearly 50mm to use for the case, it should be readable. The second hand in blank is one you think might get lost, but it actually stands out well, maybe because there is so much relief between the face and the crystal. And that relief comes with a beefy 16mm, so I would not expect this to fit under a lot of dress shirts.
Matt Himmelstein – Contributing Writer
Engineer, weekend warrior and mechanical watch enthusiast. He prefers value oriented brands because, well, those are the ones he can afford while still paying for all his weekend warrior hobbies. New watch makers are also an interest because you can get often get a unique look, and the watch now comes with a story. His favorites in his small collection are a Christopher Ward altimeter style and an Anstead dive watch from a Kickstarter campaign.